Premier League Sackings This Season and How They Have Affected Us (Part 2)


West Ham United (Out: Slaven Bilic/In: David Moyes)

Considering the Hammers' poor start to the season and what the game is like in this day and age, Bilic was always going to be treading on thin ice with consistently poor results saw them going to and from the relegation zone. With only one win in his final seven league games, the last of which being a 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool was too much for the West Ham board and sacked Bilic with looking to get a replacement in during the two week international break in November.

There wasn't anything with regards to a honeymoon period for Moyes at the London Stadium, his first win coming in his fifth game in a surprise victory over fellow Londoners, Chelsea after he gained only one point from his first four games in charge. After our win against West Ham just before Christmas, we have managed to claw ourselves back above them and they remain just one point above the relegation zone and lie in 17th place. I think the Moyes affect has not been the desired affect many West Ham fans would have hoped for but I think they do have enough quality in their squad to successfully stave off the threat of relegation in the second half of the season.

When Bilic was sacked

West Ham were 18th (11 matches, 9 points)

Newcastle were 11th (11 matches, 14 points)

Currently under Moyes: 17th (20 matches, 18 points)

West Bromwich Albion (Out: Tony Pulis/In: Alan Pardew)

Considering the quality of the West Brom squad, it was an excellent achievement for the club to finish in the top half of the table last season under Tony Pulis despite the players seemingly going into something of a holiday period during the final nine games of the season as they picked up two points during that time. The poor form continued on through to this season with the club finding wins very hard to come by and, after circling the drain since the season took off, Pulis was sacked in November before the very busy winter period of matches.

Incoming boss, Alan Pardew is yet to see his first win as West Brom manager. A defeat at Swansea would have been incredibly tough to take considering they are close relegation rivals. West Brom are going to need to spend money on good quality players in January or else they will have an incredibly difficult task of staying in the Premier League. In my opinion, the West Brom squad is of Championship quality and goals are hard to come by in a side where Salomon Rondon leads the attack - enough said really.

The appointment of Pardew is yet to have a big affect on us as we managed to steer clear of the Baggies during our difficult run of form but, it has to be said, that they were also on a similarly bad run of form. In my view, West Brom's survival hinges on how well they do in the January transfer window because their current squad is not good enough and I think we have better quality players so I can't envisage West Brom becoming a threat to us from now on through to the end of the season.

When Pulis was sacked

West Brom were 17th (12 matches, 10 points)

Newcastle were 11th (12 matches, 14 points)

Currently under Pardew: 19th (20 matches, 15 points).

Swansea City (Out: Paul Clement/In: Carlos Carvalhal)

Out of all the unemployed managers that could have become the next Swansea manager, I was surprised that they went for Carlos Carvalhal so soon after his sacking at Sheffield Wednesday and leaving them in 15th place in the Championship after qualifying for the play-offs in both of the last two seasons. In my opinion, the only currently unemployed manager that could be capable of saving the sinking ship at Swansea was Slaven Bilic so it was particularly surprising that a manger with no prior Premier League experience. The current situation that the Swans find themselves in is far from a favourable one as they try and battle against relegation.

If I was a Swansea fan and given the choice between Clement and Carvalhal, I would have definitely stuck with Clement. Considering this news is not exactly the news which Swansea fans were hoping for, I can't envisage this move affecting us and I think Swansea will be the first team to have their relegation confirmed closer to end of the season.


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